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Vol. 2 —  No. 14
July 12, 2002

Current Events

Animal Science Field Days: The upcoming field days will host between 1,200 and 1,500 participants during each of the three days when 4-H and FFA students come to campus July 16-18 for the Animal Science Beef, Sheep, and Swine Field Days Event. This three-day event allows OSU to provide educational opportunities about the animal agriculture industry in a fun way. For more information, contact Jerry Fitch, OSU Cooperative Extension Animal Scientist, at 405-744-6065.

Announcements

Voucher Spreadsheets Updated: The travel voucher spreadsheets have been updated. They are on the OCES intranet at http://intranet.okstate.edu/Fiscal_Affairs/travelpg3.htm. You may also access them on the OAVP&C website at http://www.okstate.edu/oavpc/policies/travproc.htm. The various travel vouchers (in-state, out-of-state etc.) have been separated into individual files and there is one minor but important change--the addition of a date field for the claimant's signature. Please make sure that your area is using the updated form with the date.

Walker Wins Award: Becky Walker, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Division Personnel, was awarded the Southern Region 2002 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Association Promotional Package Communicator Award for the new recruitment materials on which she worked. The materials included a display, web page, postcards, and brochures.

Information On-Line: The Oklahoma Watermelon Anthracnose Model is now on-line for the 2002 growing season. This is a weather-based management tool that can be used to schedule fungicide applications for anthracnose in watermelon. It utilizes temperature and relative humidity data from the Oklahoma Mesonet. The Internet address is http://agweather.mesonet.ou.edu/models/watermelon. Two other disease-related weather-driven models also are available on-line. The Oklahoma Pecan Scab Model, which also provides guidance for fungicide applications, is located at http://agweather.mesonet.ou.edu/models/pecanscab. In addition, the Oklahoma Peanut Leafspot Model can be found at http://agweather.mesonet.ou.edu/models/peanut. A Mesonet user-ID and password are required to access certain sections of these models. Anyone associated with OSU can apply for a free premium level subscription. The form can be downloaded at http://agweather.mesonet.ou.edu. For more information, contact J. D. Carlson at 405-744-6353, or Al Sutherland at 405-224-2216.

Scholarship Winner: Melanie Lynes-Matt, Woodward County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, is the recipient of a $150 William F. Taggart Scholarship.

New Position: Effective July 1, Al Sutherland, Area Extension Horticulture Specialist, will assume the position of Assistant Extension Specialist in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. He will work with the agricultural outreach effort of the Oklahoma Mesonet. Sutherland will continue to be officed in the Grady County Extension Office in Chickasha.

Stiegler Honored: Jim Stiegler, Head, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, received the Southern Conservation Tillage Conference Service Award. He was presented this award during the 25th annual meeting and awards banquet in June in Auburn, AL.

OQBN Sales Scheduled: The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association has scheduled eight Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sales for later this summer and fall. OQBN is a joint effort between OCA and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. The weaning and pre-enrollment deadline is 45 days prior to the sale date, so considerable planning is necessary. The schedule is as follows: September 9 at Idabel, weaning and pre-enrollment is July 26; September 25 at OKC West, El Reno, weaning and pre-enrollment is August 11; November 6 at OKC West, El Reno, weaning and pre-enrollment is September 22; November 12 at Woodward, weaning and pre-enrollment is September 28; November 18 at Holdenville, weaning and pre-enrollment is October 4; November 19 at Enid, weaning and pre-enrollment is October 5; December 9 at Idabel, weaning and pre-enrollment is October 25; and December 10 at Enid, weaning and pre-enrollment is October 26.

Recycling Program is Beneficial: The Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program, a cooperative effort between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, helps protect the environment. It also gives pesticide applicators an alternative to disposing of their pesticide containers in landfills. Through a grant from ODAFF and OCES, the Pesticide Applicator Education (PAE) Program at OSU manages the program. USAg Recycling, Inc., in Waller, TX, collects the containers free of charge. The recycled plastic can be used for pallets, parking blocks, fence posts, and marine pilings. Last year the program collected a total of 21,173 plastic containers. Nearly 34,000 pounds of containers were recycled and kept from being disposed of in landfills. Extension Educators from around the state, in conjunction with OSU PAE, schedule public drop-off sites to recycle these containers. The locations and dates of this year’s program are on the Internet at http://entoplp.okstate.edu/pestrep/index.html. For more information, contact Charles Luper, Extension Associate, Entomology and Plant Pathology, at 405-744-5808, or email at luper@okstate.edu.

Deadline Extended: The August 1 deadline for submitting the Oklahoma 4-H Core Competencies Unit 1 Evaluations has been extended to September 1. All data will be collected online and the tool is not yet available. Counties will be notified when the evaluation is accessible. County staff are strongly encouraged to complete a paper copy of the 6 month Evaluation of Unit 1 Core Competencies Use and County Extension Educator's Observations of Recognizable Changes in Competency Levels in an effort to assist you in completing the electronic version in a timely manner. Please be sure you are using the correct forms. Do not use the form titled "My 4-H Volunteer Functions and Competencies End of Year Evaluation." This form is for volunteers only.
District 4-H Program Specialists will be returning the first set of 6 month evaluations. Each county will be expected to input the data on the electronic data base. All volunteers who have participated in county volunteer education/training opportunities this year should complete the form titled "My 4-H Volunteer Functions and Competencies End of Year Evaluation." The deadline of August 1st has also been extended to September 1st. Counties will be responsible for submitting the data for each evaluation collected. All forms can be accessed on the web at http://clover.okstate.edu/fourh. Click on the Volunteerism link.
Annual 4-H Club Treasurer Reports Due: Each 4-H club is responsible for completing an annual report of the 4-H club treasurer. The form is available in "Building Toward Our Future" or can be accessed under Volunteerism on the Oklahoma 4-H web site at http://clover.okstate.edu/fourh. These reports were due in county offices on June 1st. The materials should be reviewed by the 4-H Educator and placed in the club’s file. It would be acceptable for the educator to ask a volunteer with accounting experience to assist in the review of club reports.

Condolences to: Steve Stone, Director, Fiscal Affairs, on the death of his mother, Lois Stone. She passed away July 3. Funeral services were held July 8 at the First Presbyterian Church in McAlester, under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, or to the McAlester Mercy Clinic, 1 Clark Bass Blvd, McAlester, OK 74051.

Personnel Actions

APPOINTMENTS

Gregory L. Hartman, Extension Educator, Ag/4-H Youth Development, Beckham County, effective 6-26-02.

TITLE CHANGES

Dixie L. Ferrell, District Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Specialist, Northeast District, effective 7-15-02. (Was: Extension Educator, FCS/4-HYouth Development & CED, Roger Mills)

Sonya R. Rickman, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective 7-1-02. (Was: Extension Educator, Special Projects - 50% and Ext. Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development; Pottawatomie County).

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Coming Events

July 16-18: Animal Science Field Days (Stillwater)

July 17: Beef Ambassador Illustrated Talk Contest (Stillwater)

July 17: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

July 19-20: 4-H Leadership Development Conference (Stillwater)

July 19: Oklahoma Jr. Wheat Improvement Judging (El Reno)

July 21-23: OHCE State Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 23: Forage Quality Management: From Beginning to End (Stillwater)

July 23-25: OSU Livestock Judging Camp (Stillwater)

July 24-26: State 4-H Club Congress (Oklahoma City)

July 25: Northeast District Extension Directors’ Meeting (Muskogee)

July 26: Northeast District Area Specialist Agents Meeting (Muskogee)

July 26: Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Cattlemen’s College (Oklahoma City)

July 27: Shooting Sports Air Rifle, Pistol, Archery Contest (Watonga)

July 30: Southeast District Volunteer Leadership Conference (Atoka)

July 31-Aug. 2: OAE4-HA Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 31-Aug. 2: Ag in the Classroom Summer Teacher Institute (Stillwater)

August 1-4: Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships (Memphis, TN)

August 3-4: Shooting Sports Training (Woodward)

August 6: Eastern Oklahoma Woods, Wildlife and Pond Problems and Opportunities (Tulsa)

August 7-8: Southeast District 4-H In-Service (Broken Bow)

August 7: County Fair/Livestock Show Management (Stillwater)

August 8: Eastern Oklahoma Woods, Wildlife and Pond Problems and Opportunities (McAlester)

August 9-10: Shooting Sports Training (Ada)

August 12-13: OHCE Planning Meeting (Oklahoma City)

August 12: Beef Quality Summit (Stillwater)

August 13: Western Oklahoma Woods, Wildlife and Pond Problems and Opportunities (Enid)

August 14: Modern Method for Termite Control (Stillwater)

August 14: Poultry Waste Management Video Training (Poteau)

August 14: Beef Quality Summit (Stillwater)

August 15: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Southwest District (TBA)

August 19: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Northwest District (TBA)

August 20: Northwest District Wheat Production Issues, Cow-Calf and Stocker Management, and Wheat Merchandising (Woodward)

August 21: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Southeast District (TBA)


August 21: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

August 21: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network and Cooperative Marketing Efforts in the Beef Industry (Oklahoma City)

August 22: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Northeast District (TBA)

August 29: Improving Fertilizer-N Management and Potential Farmer Profit Using N-Rich Field Strips (Stillwater)

August 31: 4-H Dog Show (Nowata)


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